In an emergency, always call triple zero (000). It’s a free call from any phone, mobile or phone box.

For other urgent medical issues, go to an Emergency Department.

Our Emergency Departments are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

The Northern NSW Local Health District has a range of services aimed at helping you make positive changes to your alcohol or substance use. These include:

  • individual counselling support to reduce or stop your alcohol and other drug use
  • hospital consultation and liaison for those at risk of alcohol or substance withdrawal who enter hospital and require input into their withdrawal management and discharge planning (available at Tweed Valley, Ballina, Lismore, and Grafton hospitals)
  • the Riverlands Inpatient Withdrawal Unit at Lismore Base Hospital - medicated withdrawal from alcohol and various substances
  • the Opioid Treatment Program provides a number of opioid substitution therapies including Methadone, Buprenorphine (Subutex, including depot) and Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) for people who have opioid dependence
  • the MERIT Program (Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment) case management program for people with local court charges and drug use
  • Drugs In Pregnancy: (DIPs) Women who are pregnant and want assistance in the management of their alcohol and substance use
  • Community Engagement Team: (CET) Community based support service for people whose require additional assistance to engage with Alcohol and Other Drug services
  • Take Home Naloxone (free) - available at most locations.

Adults with alcohol or other drug related problems can access counselling and referral services through our AOD teams based in the following locations:

Ballina (02) 6620 6187
Byron Shire (02) 6639 9128
Grafton (02) 6641 8709
Lismore and
surrounding areas
(02) 6620 7600
Maclean (02) 6640 0123
Nimbin (02) 6688 1434
Tweed Valley (02) 6677 3460

After Hours: For after-hours enquiries, contact your local Doctor or Emergency Department. In an emergency call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.

Additional resources

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NUAA Peerline

Opioid Treatment Line
1800 642 428